K2 Gondogoro La Trek

Nowhere in the world one can witness four above eight thousand meters peaks including the mount 8611m K-2, 8068m Hidden Peak, 8047m Broad Peak, and 8035m Gasherbrum II in such a small portion where feast the eyes with nature’s superlative in the grandest mountains scenery in the world.

Starting this world’s most rewarding trek from Askole village, in six days we will reach Concordia, the junction of Godwin Austin, Vigne and Baltoro glaciers. After having a day optional excursion to K-2 from Concordia, the trek will mount up to the spectacular 5650m Gondogoro La, unparalleled in the world for its breathtaking mountain panorama. Hushe village is the culminating point of this trek from where a jeep drive will take us to Skardu.

Let have an exiting spirit of adventure under the blue sky.

Itinerary

Day 01     Arrive Islamabad

Arrive at Islamabad International Airport. Welcome by Blue Sky staff company guide and transfer to Hotel. First we will have lunch and proceed for sightseeing trip will take you to the twin cities of modern capital Islamabad and the old city Rawalpindi. Overnight will be in hotel.

Day 2:  Flight to Skardu

Early hours transfer to airport for flight to Skardu, which is very spectacular mountain flight but very dependant on weather conditions. Alternately, we take two day drive to Skardu, along the Karakorum Highway. We stay overnight at Chilas, over heading by the Nanga Parbat, the second highest peak in Pakistan.

Day 3:  Skardu (2350m)

In case the flight operate than we have a free day for sight-seeing, acclimatization and preparations at Skardu, the capital of Baltistan and the gateway to great Karakorum mountains.

If we are driving the road journey today will be 7-8 hrs to Skardu (275km) along the Indus River. On route are spectacular views of Nanga Parbat (8125m), Haramosh peaks etc. Afternoon breifing in the Ministry of Tourism, Skardu. Meals and overnight hotel.

Day 4: Drive to Askoli (3050m)

Having an early breakfast we start our jeep journey(7-8 hrs) along the Shigar and Braldu valleys to Askoli village (3050m), the last permanent settlement of Shigar Valley. This seven hours hard drive is an extremely spectacular and fascinating journey through little changed traditional villages and orchards. Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Trek to Jhola (3200m)

After an early breakfast and distribution of luggage among porters, we start the trek (6 hrs) and walk along the turbulent waters of the Braldu River towards Jhola(3200m). Most of the trek is an easy walk on established trails except the rocky snout of the Biafo Glacier which we cross and continue to up to Jhola camp site situated just after the confluence of the Braldu and Dumordo Rivers. Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 6: Trek To Paiju (3450m)

We leave Jhola early for Paiju (3450m). Most of the way is easy mainly at riverside of Braldu River. 7 – 8 hours  walking in a hot and dry conditions and crossing many side streams we will reach Paiju afternoon. The Masherbrum group on our right side and whilst ahead of us we gradually begin to see the spires and towers of Trango and Cathedral groups. Today we will also see the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 7: Paiju

A relaxation, acclimatization and preparations day at Paiju.  Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 8:  Trek to Urdukas (4200m)

Today we will cross the Baltoro Glacier which is hard but rewarding with the fascinating views of   Paiju Peak, Trango Towers, Lobsang Spires, Grand Cathedral, Uli Biafo and many other needle like rock peaks.. We cross the glacier to the southern side and continue along an ablation valley to our campsite at Urdukas.   Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 9:  Trek to Goro (4300m)

Trek to Goro from Urdukas is easy due to the bare glacier. There are breathtaking views all around us. Heading ahead there are Broad Peak (8047m) and Gasherbrum IV (7925m) on the right side the Mashabrum Group and the left the Trango group of peaks situated. 4-5 hours trekking and overnight in tents.

Day 10: Trek to Concordia (4650m)

After three to four trek, today, we will reach Concordia, the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. All around us guarding by the world’s highest peaks including the K2 (8611m) the second highest mountain in the world, Gasherbrum I (8068m), Broad Peak(8047m), Gashabrum-II (8035m) and Chogolisa (7665m). We will camp at the confluence of the Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glaciers.

Day 11 Rest/Exploration Day

A free day at Concordia can be use to trek up to K-2 BC or Gasherbrum base camp or just make a rest day at camp site.

Day 12 Ali Camp (5030m)

We leave Concordia and traverse towards Gondogoro La. The portion is difficult with crevasses. Once on the Vigne Glacier it is a comparatively easy and gradual walk over snow and ice up to the camp. We will sleep early to wake up very early tomorrow.

Day 13: Over Gondogoro La (5650m)

We leave Ali Camp at midnight to climb the Gondogoro La with crisp snow. In the first hours we will walk on the lateral moraines to avoid the crevasses and with near to the pass walk on snow up to the pass using fixed ropes as well as crampons and ice axes. With sun rising we will be at the top of the pass. 5650m high Gondogoro La offers breathtaking mountain panorama including K-2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrums, Mashabrum and many more. After 8 to 9 hours we will reach at Khuispang,  a grassy spot embellished with the views of Laila Peak (6063m)

Day 14:  Rest day at Khuispang (4629m)

Day 15:  Dalsangpa (4198m)

Three to four hours descend  onto the Gondogoro Glacier and lovely stroll through wild flowers, with striking views of Yermandu Kangri (7555m), Mashabrum (7821m), and the glaciers flowing down. Campsite is pleasant with wildflowers and streams.

Day 16: Trek to Saischo (3727m)

Easy four hours walking on the fixed trails through the summer pastures we will reach  Saischo, the meeting point of Saraksa and Gondogoro valleys. The night here always be celebrated by multicultural peoples gathered here for the night.

Day 17: Trek to Hushe (3153m)

Three to four hours trek through summer pastures and shepherd huts and along the Gondogoro River, enjoying spectacular views of K6 (7282m), K7 (6934m), and Linksar (7041m) we reach Hushe village. Overnight and meal in camp.

Day 18: Drive to Skardu

5-6 hours jeep ride will take us to Skardu along the Shyok and Indus Rivers. Afternoon de-breifing at Ministry of Tourism, Skardu. Meals and overnight at hotel.

DAY 19: Flight to Islamabad

Transfer to airport for flight to Islamabad if the flight operate, otherwise drive (9 hours) to Chilas along the Karakorum Highway. Meals and overnight at hotel.

DAY 20:     Islamabad

Free day in Islamabad or drive to Islamabad from Chilas for 12 hours.

Day 21  Onward

Transfer to airport for international departure flight.